Digital Fiction International Network Research Assistant post, Sheffield Hallam University – deadline 31 October 2008

Faculty of Development and Society
0.2 FTE
12 Months Fixed Term
Salary £23,002 to £25,135 pro rata per annum (£4,600 – £5,027 per annum)
Vacancy reference DS 312/08

Sheffield Hallam University is looking to recruit a Research Assistant to provide significant administrative support on a 12-month Leverhulme funded Digital Fiction International Network.

The chosen candidate will act as a Network Facilitator. Principal duties will include: building and maintaining a project wiki, arranging travel and accommodation for international exchanges and collaboration, organising and administrating a project workshop, and carrying out a variety of pre- and post-workshop activities, e.g. publication arrangements. The Network Facilitator will work closely with the Principal Investigator and the University’s Finance and Hospitality departments as well as other business partners. They will also liaise extensively with the five other network participants.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for a postgraduate research student aiming to increase his/her experience in academic research management under the prestigious imprint of the Leverhulme Trust. The project will further enable the successful candidate to work with an enthusiastic team of internationally renowned scholars, as well as offer vital networking opportunities and access to the University’s extensive archival and database resources.

The candidate should possess high levels of organisation, administrative and budgeting skills. The role requires initiative, attention to detail, oral and written communication skills and a working knowledge of the MS Office suite. Knowledge of digital fiction is not required by the post, but experience of research project planning in a related area is essential (e.g. postgraduate research in contemporary English/American literature, English language, text and/or discourse analysis, media studies, critical or literary theory). An ability to cope with conflicting demands and deadlines within academic frameworks and knowledge of the importance of data management, research ethics and intellectual property rights are essential to the post.

Closing Date Friday 31 October 2008 by 3.00pm

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